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Ribbon Cutting to take place on April 18th at 11:30 AM.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK – Southern Bancorp is excited to announce the grand opening of its newest branch in Gurdon, Arkansas, located at 600 Main Street. The celebration will take place on April 18th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and all are invited to attend.

“We have had the pleasure of serving the Gurdon community for a couple of years and look forward to expanding our footprint with this new branch,” said Southern Bancorp CEO Darrin Williams. “As a mission-driven financial institution our branches are Opportunity Centers, places you can go to improve your credit, receive a small business loan or open your child’s first savings account. At Southern, it is our mission to be wealth builders for everyone, so we hope that you will visit our newest Opportunity Center and discover all the products and services we offer to help your family build wealth,” said Williams.

The Gurdon branch will be led by City President Steven Orsburn, who began his banking career nearly 25 years ago. He is a 1994 graduate of Gurdon High School and received his Bachelor’s in Finance from Ouachita Baptist University in 1998. Orsburn has two children, Kyle and Garrin and a grandchild named Boston.

Tammy Francis will be serving as Branch Manager. A Gurdon native, Francis graduated from Gurdon High School in 1980 and has worked in banking for the past 39 years. She is very involved in the community and one of her favorite activities is working the school banking program at Gurdon Primary. She and her husband Scott have a son, Daniel, a daughter-in-law, Ashlee and a granddaughter, Ellie. Their grandson, Easton is expected in June.

The branch will have three tellers, Yanira Harper, Sheena Massey and Courtney Ross. The staff looks forward to seeing all of Gurdon at the grand opening as it is open to the public. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served.

About Southern Bancorp
Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) development finance and lending organization; and Southern Bancorp Bank, one of America’s largest rural development banks; were founded in 1986 by a group of business, political and philanthropic leaders who were concerned about the economic decline of rural America. All three entities are U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) collectively known as “Southern.” With $1.36 billion in assets, 65,000 customers and 46 locations in Arkansas and Mississippi, Southern invests in people and businesses in rural communities; empowers them to improve their lives; and helps them transform their communities. Learn more at